Solskjaer admits he’s in dark over Man Utd transfer budget

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he does not know how the coronavirus pandemic will affect his transfer spending this summer.

The crisis has forced clubs across Europe to tighten their belts following a dramatic loss of revenue due to lack of matchday and commercial income.

Man Utd are still being linked with a number of big-name targets though, including a prospective £100million move for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

But Solskjaer has revealed he has no idea what kind of budget he will be operating on in the upcoming transfer window.

“I think the pandemic has hit everyone really hard. I still think we need to wait and see how things are panning out to know the real effects of the pandemic, to know what kind of financial state we are in,” Solskjaer said.

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“You see some teams invest, some teams don’t. We’ll have to take a big look at things ourselves to see how hard we’ve been hit.

“I know the club has announced a few numbers before. It’s not for me to say here now we are going to have X amount because I don’t really know.

“I don’t really know how hard we have been hit. We are a financially strong club, but we are also probably being hit more than anybody else.

“Let’s see how quickly we can get our fans back into the stadium and of course the league position is going to be important for us this season.”

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United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has admitted previously it won’t be “business as usual” this summer for the club.

In the last two windows combined, United have spent over £200m, but such expenditure this year looks incredibly unlikely.

Key to United’s recruitment could be whether they are able to drum up transfer fees for players they are looking to offload, while a strong finish to the season would also bring in extra revenue, though still might not guarantee major spending.

Solskjaer added: “If we can get a trophy, the FA Cup or the Europa League. The Europa League will also qualify us for the Champions League, there’s still a lot of uncertainty and these three or four months, every businessman in the world, every footballer in the world, I think everyone is still unsure what the effect will be.”

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